Cross Country Heads To H-Y-P Meet at Yale

Cross Country Heads To H-Y-P Meet at Yale

Harvard cross country will kick off its regular season on Friday at the annual H-Y-P Meet. (Courtesy of the Ivy League).

Harvard cross country officially opens the 2017 season the annual H-Y-P Meet to be held at The Course at Yale. The women's race will begin at 4:15 p.m., with the men's race scheduled to kick off at 5 p.m.

Hitting The Trail
- The Harvard women's team returns three of its top five scorers from its 2016 Ivy League Heptagonal championship-winning team, including team captain, senior Elianna Shwayder, a USTFCCCA All-Region honoree. Junior Erin Dietz (USTFCCA All-Region) and sophomore Lisa Tertsch will also headline a Crimson squad that earned its first team bid to the NCAA National Championships since 2012, placing 26th overall.

- On the men's side, Harvard will be led by junior captain Kieran Tuntivate, who placed 18th at Heps last fall, and was a USTFCCCA All-Region selection after finishing 23rd at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships. Sophomore Will Battershill, fresh off a standout spring campaign in the 3000m steeplechase, will also be a force for the Crimson.

- The Harvard women's team is currently ranked No. 28 in the USTFCCCA National Coaches' Poll, and No. 2 in the USTFCCCA Northeast Regional Rankings.

H-Y-P History
Although varsity cross country competition among Harvard, Princeton and Yale began in early 1907, the schools held their first triangular meet in 1922. Since then, such triangular competition has been held annually with just three interruptions. The women's teams began competing against each other in 1976, and varsity status was gained at all three schools in 1977. The Main Memorial Trophy is presented to the winner of the H-Y-P men's cross country meet, while The Cheever Memorial Trophy is given to the winning women's team.

H-Y-P Year-by-Year Results

First Practice Video

At The Helm
Jason Saretsky is in his 12th season as the William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country, and during his tenure the Crimson has landed 30 student-athletes on All-America teams. A five-time Women's USTFCCCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year winner, Saretsky has mentored 47 combined NCAA qualifiers at Harvard.

Alex Gibby joins the staff as associate head coach for cross country after serving as head coach of the program at UNC-Charlotte for the past three seasons.

Ivy League Network
The Ivy League Network returns for a fifth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.

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What's Next?
Harvard will compete against other local programs at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown held at Franklin Park next Friday (Sept. 22).